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Best of Nurse Talk: Safe Patient Care Act, Donna Smith and “Off the Grid” Jokes.

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Listen to our guest this week RN Jeff Breslin of the Michigan Nurses Association on The Safe Patient Care Act “Every Michigan resident deserves to receive safe care at every hospital, every time. Michigan’s nurses are simply asking for our leaders’ support to make that happen.” Jeff will talk with us about this important initiative that is sweeping the country.

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Donna Smith and friends from NNU on last summer’s Medicare for All bus tour.

And later, a fierce leader, and one of our favorite guests, Healthcare and Human Rights Advocate Donna Smith, will join us. As some of you know, Donna has been leading the charge for the past 8 years for a universal healthcare system in our country. Donna was featured in Michael Moore’s film “Sicko.” For the past 5 years she worked as the Legislative Coordinator for National Nurses United. She is now the Executive Director of Healthcare for All Colorado. We’ll talk with Donna about all things healthcare, a little politics, the effects of the sequester – particularly the ones you don’t hear about — and more. For more information about Healthcare for All Colorado, visit healthcareforallcolorado.org.

And don’t forget, our resident health and fitness expert Joanie Greggains with another edition of Fit Happens.” We’ll also tend to email questions and a few “off-the-grid” jokes that only nurses can tell and insist they aren’t going to be bleeped!

Lynn Ruth Miller, Staying Young, Safe Lift Bill, Fetus Fingernails.

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This week on Nurse Talk: Lynn Ruth Miller

What’s it like to be a stand up comedian traveling the world? Oh..did we mention…an 80 year old stand up comedian traveling the world? Our resident comedian, Lynn Ruth Miller, is with us to talk about what keeps her young at her ripe age and how laughter saved her life.

 


Safe Lift Bill
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We’ll also visit with Marti Smith, RN Government Relations Lead for the California Nurses Association. Marti will talk about why hospitals are not complying with California’s Safe Lift Bill (AB 1136) passed in January of 2012. Is this something we non-medical people should be concerned about? YES! Trust us when we say you do not want to be dropped on your next hospital visit! Is this possible? Yes, indeed, so stick around and find out why you should know about your neighborhood hospital’s “safe lift” policy. Read more…

Best Of: What Would Florence Think?, $11.2 Billion Surprise, ACA and Mental Health Coverage.

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Nursing Without Borders
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This week we take on a controversial issue, and in doing so we learn ALOT (as if that never happens!). Healthcare Journalist Heather Boerner joins us to talk about an article she recently wrote for National Nurses United Magazine. The article, “Nursing Without Borders,” provides an in-depth look at the unique factors at play in providing the best care for undocumented patients. Ms. Boerner interviews undocumented families who do their best to stay off the radar for fear of being deported and therefore do not often seek medical treatment.

AND here is a statistic that will surprise most of us: Contrary to what the politicians and others tell us, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, undocumented workers (in 2010) paid about $11.2 billion in state, local, and sales taxes, yet they do not qualify for healthcare services. How do nurses and other healthcare workers deal with this issue? Read more…

Hospital Corps & the ACA, a Learning Moment, and Get a Horse.

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A look at the concerns about The Affordable Care Act from those who work for hospital corps.

This week Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association,  joins us to talk about why he thinks the Affordable Care Act is “Bad Medicine” for nurses. The article, “Bad Medicine” recently appeared in the National Nurse Magazine and states, “…the biggest health reform of our lifetime does little to rein in healthcare corporations and insurers. Instead, it shifts even more in costs onto workers who can’t afford it and, at the same time, threatens the practice of registered nursing.”


Professor Shayne! Nurses, we may send you mixed messages from time to time but now is (honestly) a great time to consider getting a master’s degree.

And we have the best program in the nation (maybe we are prejudice since our co-host Shayne Mason just happens to be an instructor) to share with you. Read more…

What Would Florence Think?, $11.2 Billion Surprise, ACA and Mental Health Coverage.

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Nursing Without Borders
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This week we take on a controversial issue, and in doing so we learn ALOT (as if that never happens!). Healthcare Journalist Heather Boerner joins us to talk about an article she recently wrote for National Nurses United Magazine. The article, “Nursing Without Borders,” provides an in-depth look at the unique factors at play in providing the best care for undocumented patients. Ms. Boerner interviews undocumented families who do their best to stay off the radar for fear of being deported and therefore do not often seek medical treatment.

AND here is a statistic that will surprise most of us: Contrary to what the politicians and others tell us, according to the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, undocumented workers (in 2010) paid about $11.2 billion in state, local, and sales taxes, yet they do not qualify for healthcare services. How do nurses and other healthcare workers deal with this issue? Read more…

Rewind…Fast Food 911, Safe Patient Ratios, a Cultural Arsonist, and Ginkgo Biloba.

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Fast Food…or Maybe Not Fast Enough?

Casey and Shayne are beside themselves (as I am sure every 911 operator in the country is) listening to this 911 call from a woman in southern California that can’t get a fast food joint to cook her burger the way she wants it. AND YES, she thinks that is an emergency! Oh, dear Lord above.

 


SIRI Doesn’t Even Know What the Affordable Care Act Is!

Another 42% of U.S. citizens don’t either as the clock ticks closer to October 1st: the date for the State Insurance Market Places (aka SIRI) starts selling affordable insurance to some of the 40 million uninsured people in our country. We’ve made no secret that Nurse Talk will be taking questions from our listeners every week about the Affordable Care Act. There is so much misinformation out there, we have to ensure we are getting FACTS to our listeners. Read more…

Best Of Show: Babies, Victory, Asthma, Acid Reflux, and Obamacare.

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The Royal Baby and Dixon Has Two Moms…
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Well, Casey and Shayne are no different than the millions of others who were, well, mildly interested in the birth of the Royal Baby. It’s old news now, but Shayne couldn’t help but wonder how it feels to be born and immediately have money, a job, a title and lots of attention. But all is not lost for Shayne and his family! Here’s a hint from the our show coming up:

“Casey, it must be nice to be born and already have money and a job. No resume, no experience—just a bloodline. On another note our family had some good news at the same time—but of course it wasn’t front-page news.”

Casey: ”Oh, what’s that Shayne”?

Shayne: ”Casey, on the very same day the Royal Baby was born, my niece in Oklahoma, Karla Sue Mason, had a bouncing baby girl, weighing 10 pounds and 8 ounces.”

Casey: ”Does she have a job yet? Read more…

Best Of the Show: “Myth-ectomy,” Technology Without Common Sense, Mentors, and Secret Smoker.

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Myth-ectomy.

It’s coming! Congress tried to stop it thirty-seven times! The Affordable Care Act is on track and headed for the station and you need to know the FACTS.

Is it good? Is it bad? Will Grandma meet her demise in front of a “death panel?” Will it bankrupt the country? Is it just another give away? Is it universal healthcare? Will insurance rates be lower? Will doctors and nurses be laid off? Will it throw our healthcare system into chaos? Should we get in line for our microchip implants?

Tune in as Shayne and Casey perform a “myth-ectomy” on at least one of these questions.

 


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Technology Without Common Sense?

RNs DeAnn McEwen and Michelle Mahon tell it like it is. EMR, or Electronic Medical Records systems, are rolling out “live” in hospitals across the country. BUT WAIT! Were nurses at the table when these systems where designed and implemented? Read more…